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Specialised Sources & Academic Studies - Garden Labyrinths & Hedge Mazes


Surprisingly, no books dealing specifically with the history of hedge mazes have been published to date. However, the following books, papers and articles provide valuable reading.


Carpeggiani, Paolo. "Labyrinths in the Gardens of the Renaissance" in The History of Garden Design, ed. Monique Mosser & Georges Teyssot. London: Thames & Hudson, 1991.

Collins, Tony & John Bosworth. "A Victorian Maze Restored" Caerdroia 16 (1985) pp.13-28. (Bridge End Gardens, Saffron Walden, Essex).

Crossley, Richard. "Thomas Kirke's Most Suprizing Labyrinth" Caerdroia 30 (1999), pp.37-38. (Cookridge House, Yorkshire, England).

Griswold, Mac & Eleanor Weller. The Golden Age of American Gardens. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1991.

Fisher Adrian & Georg Gerster. The Art of the Maze. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1990.

Kern, Hermann. Through the Labyrinth, ed. Robert Ferré & Jeff Saward. Munich: Prestel, 2000. (Chapter XV catalogues many interesting historic examples).

Laishley, Lilan. "The Harmonist Labyrinths" Caerdroia 32 (2001), pp.8-20. (Early hedge labyrinths in Indiana & Pennsylvania).

Lockridge, Ross F. (1877-1952). The Labyrinth of New Harmony. New Harmony, IN: New Harmony Memorial Commission, 1941. Reprint, Westport, Conn: Hyperion Press, 1975.

Locock, Martin. "A Holly Maze Restored" Caerdroia 23 (1990), p.19. (Castel Bromwich, England).

Lucifero, Roberto. Guida ai giardini perduti di Roma. Rome: TECLA & Di Baio Editore, 1995.

Matthews, W.H. Mazes and Labyrinths - A General Account of their History and Developments. London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1922.

Pizzoni, Filippo. The Garden - A History in Landscape and Art. London: Aurum Press, 1999.

Reed Doob, Penelope. The Idea of the Labyrinth from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1990. (Hedge mazes mentioned in late medieval texts).

Robey, Ann. "A 17th Century Water Maze at Greenwich" Caerdroia 29 (1998), p.33. (Greenwich, London).

Saward, Jeff. Labyrinths & Mazes. London: Gaia Books, 2003 & New York: Lark Books, 2003. (Chapter 5 provides a worldwide distribution and history).

Schafers, Fons. "A Catalogue of Labyrinths & Mazes in the Netherlands" Caerdroia 32 (2001), pp.28-35. (Catalogue of Netherlands hedge mazes).

Strong, Roy. The Renaissance Garden in England. London: Thames & Hudson, 1979.

Strong, Roy. The Artist & the Garden. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. 2000.

Thordrup, Jørgen. "Labyrinter I fortid og nutid" Fra Kvangård Til Humlekule, Meddelelser Fra Havebrugshistorisk Selskab Nr.24, 1994. (Hedge mazes in Denmark).

Thordrup, Jørgen. Alle Tiders Labyrinter. Silkeborg, Denmark: Dixit, 2002. (Hedge mazes in Scandinavia).